Not skyscrapers, but sort of interesting panorama of downtown Raleigh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Be it nature trails, scenic beauty, biking or hiking, the Southern United States brims with a range of tourist attractions and activities for all ages. There are plenty of activities like browsing through art galleries or going for a day tour, indulge in the fantastic food scene or experience the world-class shopping which these cities have to offer.
We give you a lowdown of five cities that are ideal for vacation.
A perfect base to explore the Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg is one quaint town that has a horde of things to do from golfing to hiking, from camping to fishing and from shopping to day trips. The town offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Smokey Mountains. Book a cabin and grab your picnic basket and enjoy the stunning vistas that this city has to offer. The best way to get to Gatlinburg is by road as there is no train or air connectivity in the city. Do not forget to visit the Space Needle which offers magnificent views of the city and Ripley’s Believe it or Not which is next door to the Space Needle.
Home to many universities and technology companies, Raleigh is a great place to live and work because of the low-cost of living and an excellent work environment. It is the state capital of North Carolina and is connected well both by road and air. It’s not only a great place to work but also an incredible place to visit because of the culture and history associated with it. There are so many museums in the city, which have earned Raleigh the nickname of “Smithsonian of the South.” Food and accommodation are overall cheap and good which makes it an ideal vacation destination both for families and independent travelers. There is so much to see in this beautiful Southern city.
Also know as The Rocket City, Huntsville, Alabama is the birthplace of the U.S. Space program. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is one of the most popular attractions in Alabama, which is a fun place both for kids and adults alike. With great food and a great history, Huntsville is an ideal vacation destination.
Corpus Christi is the largest coastal city in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. Blessed with fabulous weather all throughout the year, the beautiful coastal settings add the charm to the city and make it a year-long holiday destination. The main attraction of the city is Padre Island National Seashore that encompasses 1,30,000 acres of beaches and home to 350 spices. It is a paradise for bird lovers. Apart from that, you can also visit botanical gardens, museums, State Aquarium and Aranas National Wildlife Refuge whilst your time at Corpus Christi. There is no dearth of accommodation options.
Famed as the “Horse Capital of the World”, Lexington is quite popular for Horse Farm Tours, gourmand experiences and for a nature fix. You cannot miss the Kentucky horse park which is home to 50 breeds of horse and has museums and art galleries. Downtown is full of restaurants, art galleries, shopping and walking tours. Ramble around the restored Shaker village of Pleasant Hill or sip in and learn the history about five historic distilleries. Lexington offers countless attractions and activities to keep you occupied and entertained.
These are some of the must-visit locations in the Southern U.S. We hope this helps you in planning your next trip.
This post is written in collaboration with Hipmunk.